During a recent trip to Lisbon I noticed the city has built several useless bike lanes all over town. They are the most dangerous booby traps Ive ever seen. They are narrow, include 20cm side walk steps, blind spots, pedestrians use it, and I could go on forever. Why anyone would consider wasting precious tax money on these things makes angry to say the least... Here's one pic. Now imagine if you lose control of your bike and fall and hit your head on one of those poles. What are they even for?
They are build so that the president of the city council can say that they have built bike lanes "just like Nordic countries"
It's a shame really, I never ever use them because of pedestrians. Most of them are horrible and only a handful are actually safe to ride because, you guessed it, they lead to nowhere.
The only good thing here is that cyclists (not legally, mind you, but the police is very relaxed about it) can ride the bus lanes and usually the bus drivers are not very aggressive and they are a spot where cars rarely go because of heavy fines. The down side is that in bus lanes the tarmac is never in good condition.
But hey, at least they are expanding the bike lanes. Maybe somewhere in the future I can actually use them.